By Ryan Kaczmarski
After suffering a hotly-contested 53-50 loss to Solon on Wednesday, the Magnificat varsity basketball team took out its frustrations on Youngstown Ursuline to the sum of 64-20 Saturday afternoon at Magnificat High School.
The amazing part of the Blue Streak’s offensive proficiency was that only sophomore Phoebe Sterba managed to score in double-digits, with 10 points, followed byLily Schwind and Elise Keshock, who each had eight. In all, 12 of the 14 Magnificat players chipped in offensively.
“I thought it was great that almost everybody made it into the score book,” Magnificat head coach Meghann Hubach said. “Coming off that tough loss to Solon the other night, I thought it was great to come out and rebound from that.
“I thought we got off to a really good start in most of the quarters, and I’m happy with the way we shared the ball – we had 18 assists. We were able to hold them to 20 points, and we kept ourselves to 10 turnovers. We turned the ball over too many times against Solon, so we just wanted to focus on good, quality disciplined defense and taking care of the basketball.”
Magnificat (8-3) held Ursuline to six points in the first half – with all of them coming in the first quarter – and to single digits scoring until the end of the third quarter.
“We certainly have some good athletes and depth to our team, so we try to wear teams down as best as we can with our defense,” Hubach said. “We came out pressing (today), and we haven’t done that in a while. That helped generate some good offense.”
Rounding out the scoring for the Blue Streaks were Sarah Scelza with seven points, Bridget Pryatel and Lissy Roggenburk with six each, Maddie Nickels with five, Colleen McGervey and Annie Ubbing with four each, and three others who scored two.